De­spite fa­tigue be­ing rec­og­nized by the med­i­cal com­mu­nity as a some­times de­bil­i­tat­ing symp­tom of Lu­pus, it is ex­tremely hard to have that fact rec­og­nized by dis­abil­ity in­sur­ance com­pa­nies. What are some ways pa­tients and doc­tors can work to­gether to provi

Wellness Update - - Fatigue And Lupus -

In­sur­ance com­pa­nies and other or­ga­ni­za­tions in­volved with dis­abil­ity do some­times put less weight on what we call “sub­jec­tive” prob­lems – symp­toms that are felt and ex­pe­ri­enced by pa­tients but not eas­ily val­i­dated with an “ob­jec­tive” find­ing such as with a lab value or phys­i­cal exam find­ing. Of­ten, this re­quires a state­ment from the treat­ing physi­cian ex­plain­ing the con­di­tion and how fa­tigue is re­lated. Ed­u­cat­ing in­sur­ance com­pa­nies more about lu­pus and re­lated fa­tigue would cer­tainly be a good place to start. Lu­pus aware­ness is grow­ing ev­ery­day (thanks to aware­ness cam­paigns like those the LFA has ini­ti­ated) and hope­fully will lead to more un­der­stand­ing of this ill­ness by or­ga­ni­za­tions like in­sur­ance com­pa­nies.

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